It is nearly twelve months to the day that JAWS released their latest album ‘Simplicity’ and the band are just about to head out on tour again to celebrate their excellent second album. They will be hitting The Engine Rooms in Southampton on November 18th and I caught up with the band’s drummer Eddy Geach to find out how the preparations are going.
Could you tell me about how you initially got involved with music and who influenced you most?
I started getting drum lessons when I was 9 years old because I was jealous of my brother getting guitar lessons and I ended up really liking it. I started going to a local jam night (which I still attend) and that taught me a lot.
For those who are new to your music which three tracks would you encourage them to check out first and why?
‘Stay In‘ was our second release as a band and it still remains a favourite of ours to this day and has stood the test of time. The next would be ’17,’ it’s a bit of a different sound to most our of out back catalogue but a massive banger. ‘Gold‘ it’s been our set-ender for as long as I can remember. It’s grown into an epic finale and a big old sing along.
Eddy Greach (left) with Connor Schofield and Alex Hudson.
What bands and artists are you currently listening to and how are they inspiring you to explore and implement new ideas with your music?
King Krule’s new album is really cool. Very jazzy and slick. Washed Out’s new album too because I’m a sucker for a catchy bass riff.
How do you feel when you share your music for the first time? Do you prefer to share new music live where you can see the crowd’s reaction first hand or online perhaps?
We usually release a song and then start to play it live. I think that’s because we want to song to be at a level where it’s the best it can be before we play it to an audience
While on tour do you get very much time to explore the towns and cities that you are playing?
We usually have a mooch around and get some food after soundcheck but before you know it the openings band is on and we’ve got like an hour until stage time. We do tend to go for drinks after the show and that’s where we discover a towns real character I think.
What can those fortunate enough to have tickets expect from your live show?
Minimal bullshit, maximum rock and the occasional bit in between a song where we all have a sip of water and Connor says ‘cheers’
What does the rest of 2017 have in store for you?
Well, there’s not much of it left but we basically have our tour to do and then finishing off the year doing a few dates with our good mates in The Twang.
If you would like to be at the show then you can pick up tickets for a mere £10 from the band’s website which can be found below, or directly from the Engine Rooms at www.engineroomssouthampton.com/event/jaws. Simplicity and their debut album Be Slowly are available to download on iTunes and to stream on Spotify now.